I don't think so. You would still have to refine the crude. I think the only way it could work like that is to have bacteria that excreted 87 octane gasoline. Even then it still should only stay in controlled conditions, not in every car on the road. If that bacteria were to be released into the environment we could have gasoline all over the landscape. That would be very bad for the environment.
Hmmm...instead of going to the gas station, I could just break out a sponge...
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and the article says that in order to meet the demands of the USA, it would take a plant the size of Chicago.
This is NOT as big of a deal as it might seem. After all, it's not like all crude used here in the US MUST be produced at ONLY ONE plant. If you spread this out to a couple hundred plants throughout the US, then land use is really nt such a big deal. Of course, what will be interesting is to see how this technology compares with thermal depolymerization. Thermal depolymerization is also able to convert such things as agricultural waste into a 'renewable crude' - a crude that is actually SUPERIOR to that which is drilled from the ground. But thermal depolymerization accomplishes this by means of high temperature chemical reactions rather than biological processes. Currently, thermal depolymerization is actually in the pilot plant stage, with a plant producing about 500 barrels of oil from turkey slauhterhouse refuse. But I have not heard of any other plants that are planned.